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Parliamentary questions
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8 September 2020
Question for written answer E-004910/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Petras Auštrevičius (Renew)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Illegal dog breeding and animal abuse cases in Lithuania

Last week, Lithuanian society was deeply shocked by the scope of and conditions involved in illegal dog breeding and animal abuse cases uncovered and publicly reported on in Lithuania: a number of illegal puppy mills were found by volunteers and civil society organisations in three Lithuanian counties in the space of a few days. In spite of the fact that international and Lithuanian NGOs have been raising the issue of large-scale illegal animal breeding in Lithuania for a number of years, government and official institutions have not taken any action to improve the situation, causing the further spread of uncontrolled illegal breeding activities all over the country.

1. What is the Commission’s appraisal of this situation at the present stage?

2. What is the Commission’s position on the deep-rooted institutional ignorance of animal rights in Lithuania and the scope of illegal pet breeding as revealed by this case?

3. What action does the Commission intend to take in relation to Lithuania with regard to this issue?

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